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The treasuries of Heaven are being opened, and the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea (see Habakkuk 2:14). These are the days that many saints of old prophesied about and wish they were living in – WE get to be here.
Read this word by Paul Keith Davis, and be greatly encouraged in your spirit man – that you are a part of this generation that is walking the earth right now.
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Deliverers Ascending Zion: This Will Be a Day of Divine Justice
I was recently given the book of Obadiah in a prophetic dream with an emphasis on verse 21, highlighting the soon emergence of "deliverers." These will be God's champions who carry His heart, nature and ability as messengers of His Kingdom. Obadiah 1:21 declares:
"The deliverers will ascend Mount Zion to judge the mountain of Esau, and the kingdom will be the LORD'S."
Heaven's declaration for this season is to deliver the poor and needy from their natural and spiritual afflictions. This directive is applicable to both natural needs of the poor and the distresses of the spiritually poor in heart. Furthermore, there will be a specific anointing that functions like a flame of fire to consume spiritual stubble that is identified according to the spirit of Esau. Mark 9:49-50 declares:
"For everyone will be salted with fire. Salt is good; but if the salt becomes unsalty, with what will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another."
Esau was born with a right to spiritual inheritance, but he did not esteem it. His brother Jacob, on the other hand, greatly esteemed his father's covenant relationship with God. Perhaps as Isaac shared incredible stories of God-encounters between himself and his father Abraham it provoked Jacob and burned within his heart with desire for the same. On the other hand, it seems those things did not awaken or mobilize Esau, who sold that right for a mere pot of beans.
Despite obvious character flaws, Jacob was desperate for God's covenant blessing, and that seemed to capture God's attention. Even so, the Lord did not leave Jacob to squander in his issues. Jacob later in life had a "Jabbok River" experience with the Lord and dealt with his deficiencies to produce righteousness. His name was changed from Jacob the "supplanter or holder of the heel" to Israel, "a prince with God."
Part of the impartation granted to us will be the spirit of deliverance to free many within the Church from the spirit of Esau and the afflictions that have hindered them. It seems that many Christians and churches have experienced a season of barrenness. Nevertheless, our response to these spiritual directives will produce fruitfulness and multiplication through covenant relationship.
Simplicity and Purity
Recently, I heard the Holy Spirit direct me to tell His people that His plan is not a "cafeteria plan." It is not our prerogative to go down the line picking and choosing what we select to spiritually consume. Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from His mouth. If the Lord speaks it and places it in His Word, it is His expectation that we believe it and appropriate that truth into our lives.
The Lord is going to prepare a table for us and it will consist of that which is good, beneficial and healthy to our spirit, soul, and body. When Daniel and his three friends were led into captivity, they refused the delicacies of Babylon.
Instead, they insisted upon the diet that was sanctified according to God's Word. It could be said that Daniel refused the intoxication of Babylon and chose the "simplicity and purity of devotion." Daniel made a foundational choice rooted in devotion to God, and personal consecration and an overall "spirit of excellence" that brought significant promotion in Daniel 6:3:
"Then this Daniel distinguished himself above the governors and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king gave thought to setting him over the whole realm."
Like Daniel we are commissioned to choose carefully what we eat. We are to "taste the good word of God" revealed in the now-opened book being offered to the remnant company that we may eat it and prophesy once again the revelation of Jesus Christ to this Last Day generation.
It is a true saying, "We are what we eat!" If we consume the revelation of Jesus Christ we will become the same. That is how we become living epistles read of all men. Isaiah prophesied to our generation saying:
"'A Redeemer will come to Zion, and to those who turn from transgression in Jacob,' declares the LORD. 'As for Me, this is My covenant with them,' says the LORD: 'My Spirit which is upon you, and My words which I have put in your mouth shall not depart from your mouth, nor from the mouth of your offspring, nor from the mouth of your offspring's offspring,' says the LORD, 'from now and forever'" (Isaiah 59:20-21).
We Wish to See Jesus
John's Gospel records one of the most revealing statements that captures the heart of this hungry generation. John 12:21 tells us that a delegation from the Greek community came to the disciples and said, "We wish to see Jesus."
I can think of no phrase that more completely expresses our yearning than this one. Fortunately, Psalm 42 teaches that, "Deep calls unto deep." If there is an intense yearning within us, then there must be something to respond to that aspiration or we would not possess it. That principle has also been proven true through science.
If our body is hungry for a certain nutrient, then that nutrient must be available or we would not crave it. Likewise, if there is a burning and unwavering desperation to see Jesus and walk with him like John, Paul and others throughout history, then the opportunity must be available or we would not burn in our hearts for it.
Like the Greeks described in John 12, this generation is declaring, "We wish to see Jesus!" The only way that can happen now is by virtue of His Spirit joined together as one with us in a holy union that produces the greater works generation. These will be deliverers that ascend Zion with heavenly access and the Latter Rain revelation.
The Open Portal
There is an abiding Glory that will be entrusted to mature Believers to initiate this next installment of Heaven's blueprint. Spiritual doors are open with the invitation to "come up here" to see what He will say.
A "portal" is simply another term for a spiritual door. In Johns Patmos Island visions he saw a door standing open in Heaven and heard God's voice proceeding from it. Spiritual access was granted to him and reflects our present invitation for this season. Revelation 4:1 says,
"After this I looked, and behold, a door standing open in Heaven! And the first voice which I had heard addressing me like [the calling of] a war trumpet said, 'Come up here, and I will show you what must take place in the future.'"
The word "door" in this passage is the Greek term "thura" and is defined by Strong's dictionary as "a portal or entrance that allows an opening or closure and can be literal or figurative. It is translated door or gate." We are offered divine access to come up higher in God for a fresh revelation of His glory that will transform us and cause us to reflect His light. It is the light of righteousness! Like John, we are hearing His voice say, "Come up here."
When the righteous walk into this abiding glory it will cause them to be illuminated to fulfill Isaiah 60:1-5. It will literally produce a shining in them that will dispel realms of darkness, eradicate the spirit of Esau, and invite many into the true knowledge of Christ.
Our portal or divine access will be granted through the realization of the spiritual attributes imparted from the Revelation 10 "opened book." This spiritual door functions like a well. However, instead of it descending, it ascends into a Heavenly place from which we draw on supernatural resources.
The Bible tells us the Word (Logos) became flesh and dwelt among us. One day the Word went into the Jordan River in a baptism experience. When He emerged, the Bible declares the Heavens opened and the Spirit descended as the appearance of a dove with a voice booming out of Heaven, "This is My beloved Son (huios)."
The union of the Word and Spirit will produce a mature son every time. That is how the sons of the Kingdom will emerge in this last day generation as deliverers with true spiritual authority and the anointing to reveal the King and His Kingdom.
The Revelation of Jesus
Peter received a blessing from the Lord because he had a revelation of who He was. It is the revelation of Jesus Christ that is the rock upon which His Church (Ekklesia - "Called out ones") is built. With that revelation comes spiritual authority!
Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus said to him, "Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in Heaven.
"I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My Church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it. I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in Heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in Heaven." Matthew 16:16-19
More and more, the Bride of Christ will begin to understand our authority in the realm of the earth. We must learn to decree and proclaim Heaven's expectation in the earth. It is by our agreement with the Lord that these things will begin to be revealed and established.
We have now entered the season of restoration that will ultimately see the Lord's dominion re-established in the earth, as it was originally given to Adam (see Acts 3:21). This will foster an accelerated process of progressive restoration over the next several years.
The earth will continue to experience great turmoil as this spiritual conflict rages. There will be many earthquakes, volcanoes, viruses and diseases, disruptions in the seas and other forms of natural calamity. God's people must learn to take authority over these.
Obtaining Heaven's Blueprints
Throughout the prior years, the Church has attempted to formulate strategies, plans and agendas to accomplish God's plan on the earth. The intent has not been evil, for the most part, but simply to utilize our natural thinking to facilitate Heaven's plan.
Our challenge now is to receive our strategies, plans and agendas directly from Heaven's treasury room that harbors supernatural wisdom and knowledge hidden in Christ. There is an open door being granted to the Colossians 2 treasury room that contains everything we need to achieve our mandate! Paul prayed,
"that their hearts may be encouraged, having been knit together in love, and attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God's mystery, that is, Christ Himself, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge" (Colossians 2:2-3).
The most encouraging aspect of this pledge is the experiential nature by which it is achieved. Though we clearly have the mandate to win the lost, heal the sick and deliver the oppressed, our most important directive is to know the Lord intimately.
Moses was not content with God's promise, he insisted on His presence and the revelation of His glory. In 2003, I was graced to go through a spiritual door and visit the "treasury room" of Colossians 2. This is a brief synopsis of that experience as written in Books of Destiny:
"When my eyes opened to this vibrant spiritual realm, I discovered that I was standing in a treasury room of Heaven. Intuitively, I knew that I had been given access to a chamber containing objects of such incredible value that it would be impossible fully to understand their worth. It looked very similar to a great king's treasury vault.
"However, the objects of unfathomable value in this room were not golden goblets or precious jewels. Rather they were scrolls, parchments, ancient books, and records. These contained the treasures of wisdom and knowledge hidden in Christ Jesus. It must have been what Paul was envisioning when he penned:
"'That is, Christ Himself, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.' Colossians 2:2-3
"The large room was filled to capacity with incredible artifacts, including paintings and architectural blueprints, even documents containing the secrets of the universe.
"The prophet Daniel prophetically identified this generation and described it as the "end of time" (Daniel 12:4). He foresaw and recognized a time when spiritual knowledge would increase and great mysteries of the Kingdom would be revealed. Many loyal saints are now calling upon the Lord to show great and mighty things. We desire to appreciate fully the end-time mysteries of the Kingdom.
"This is the counsel of the Lord:
"'Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.' Jeremiah 33:3
"We are clearly instructed to call upon the Lord with the expectation of being heard. When we do, we will be given the ability to receive precise, clear understanding from Him. We will perceive and embody prominent and awesome mysteries of His Kingdom that are presently unknown. Then the blueprint of Heaven for this long-awaited day will be unveiled."
The Lord has opened a Heavenly door like the one revealed to John on the island of Patmos, and Daniel while in Babylonian captivity. It is divine access being granted to the righteous who have heeded the messages of preparation over the past season.
Daniel saw God as the Ancient of Days and said,
"I kept looking until thrones were set up, and the Ancient of Days took His seat; His vesture was like white snow and the hair of His head like pure wool. His throne was ablaze with flames, its wheels were a burning fire. A river of fire was flowing and coming out from before Him; thousands upon thousands were attending Him, and myriads upon myriads were standing before Him; the court sat, and the books were opened" (Daniel 7:9-10).
Likewise, John beheld the Lord as the Just Judge and recorded,
"Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands; and in the middle of the lampstands I saw one like a son of man, clothed in a robe reaching to the feet, and girded across His chest with a golden sash. His head and His hair were white like white wool, like snow; and His eyes were like a flame of fire" (Revelation 1:12-14).
This will be the day of divine justice. There will be a reconciliation of the injustices that have been committed against God's people throughout Church history. Likewise, this balancing of the books will also transpire in our individual lives as we prophesy in agreement with this mystery. The things that we thought would take us under will actually be the mechanism that takes us over into God's promise.
This will be a reflection of God's glory. God's goodness will begin to empower His people for this next phase of His blueprint. The righteous will begin to shine in the midst of darkness in ways we have never before seen in this generation. The upright will radiate with such purity that it will be a reflection of the Lord's nature.
According to Your Faith
The Lord had an appointment to walk with Adam in the cool of the day. Unfortunately, Adam was separated from God's presence because of disobedience. However, the way has now been opened for us to return to the place of intimate fellowship and personal walk with the Lord. He is calling us to that place for this generation. Amos 3:3 declares:
"Do two men walk together unless they have made an appointment?"
We have an appointment with the Lord Jesus in our generation. It is now time for God's people to respond to our prophetic destiny with Him. We are being called to walk with Him in this "evening time" generation. The Lord is touching us, granting eyes to see and ears to hear and live in this realm with Him.
Then He touched their eyes, saying, "According to your faith let it be to you." Matthew 9:29
This is a picture of where we are in history. A tremendous revelatory anointing was demonstrated in our nation from 1946 until 1965; those wells of revelation and healing are about to be uncapped. The "sons of Zion" will begin to access those wells of living water in the days ahead and function as deliverers to this generation.
Paul Keith Davis
Paul Keith Davis has written numerous articles appearing in various Christian publications, including the MorningStar Journal, Charisma and Church Growth International. He has also written four books including "Thrones of Our Soul," "Engaging The Revelatory Realm of Heaven," and "Books of Destiny," all dealing with prophetic mandates placed upon the end-time generation. His newest book, "Angels That Gather," provides a Biblical outline for the harvest and insight to help access our end of the age inheritance. Paul Keith and Wanda, reside in Orange Beach, Alabama. Together they have five children and five grandchildren.